THAX: THE MOVIE
Poet Thax Douglas was a fixture at Chicago indie rock shows in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, reading short poems to introduce bands such as Wilco, Spoon and The Flaming Lips. Thax: The Movie premiered at the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival, after being produced by Scrappers Film Group co-founder Ben Kolak and directed by Alex Mackenzie (www.strangerthanfilms.com). The film offers a window into a bygone era in the Chicago music scene, through the lens of Thax’ creative aspirations and tragic past
10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
In spring of 2018 Scrappers and CHIRP Radio hosted a screening of THAX: The Movie with at Constellation Chicago. Thax himself was in attendance. Scrappers filmmaker Ben Kolak captured the nights moments with editing by Giorgia Harvey.
"THAX: THE MOVIE"
A POEM BY THAX DOUGLAS
Thax wrote this original piece for the 10th anniversary screening of the film May 3, 2018. Many fans and admirers attended the screening reminiscing with each other about a bygone era of the Chicago music scene they had experienced together. After the screening Thax said he watches the film once a year. "This is the first time I watched it and felt like I was watching a movie about a different person... My problems aren't the same as that Thax's problems. If they were I'd be a little embarrassed."
CHICAGO's LOST INDIE ROCK POET
I thought that if I admitted I had autism it would define me, but I finally realized that’s kind of ridiculous.
Shortly after the release of the film Thax left Chicago. No one seemed to know what had become of Thax. Over the years silence and curiosity gave way to wild rumor. Was Thax in Wisconsin... in Austin... was he dead?! In a revealing interview with Scrappers, Thax explains why he left Chicago, what he's been doing, and how discovering (in his 50's) that he had autism helped him cope with people and life...